GLENDALE, ARIZ. - Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes avoided their usual overtime theatrics, beating the Nashville Predators, 5-3, on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
Martin Hanzal and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Coyotes. Ryan Suter, Patric Hornqvist and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for the Predators.
Phoenix scored three times on 19 second-period shots. The Coyotes built a two-goal lead early in the second period. Nashville twice cut it to one only to see Phoenix quickly respond.
The Coyotes did not go into overtime for only the second time in eight playoff games.
The best-of-seven series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Ray Whitney, who scored the game winner in Phoenix's 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 on Friday night, had two assists, as did Keith Yandle.
After being outshot 42-24 in Game 1, the Coyotes had a playoff-high 39 shots to Nashville's 33 in Game 2.
With its offensive production, Phoenix didn't need to lean on goalie Mike Smith's heroics quite so much. Smith had 30 saves to 34 for Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
The Coyotes, in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved from Winnipeg in 1996, built a 3-1 lead with goals by Hanzal and Vrbata early in the second period.
The Predators cut it to 3-2 when Hornqvist redirected Suter's shot into the net with 5 seconds left on a power play with 8:40 left in the second.
Thirty seconds later, Rinne deflected Doan's shot, but the puck bounced right to Pyatt, who scored to make it 4-2.
Again, Nashville came back.
The Predators took advantage of a 4-on-3 situation to score on Suter's shot from the left circle 53 seconds into the third period to cut the Coyotes' lead to 4-3.
Just 2:43 later, Phoenix responded. The Coyotes won a faceoff in the Nashville end, Vermette took a shot and Doan deflected it in to make it 5-3 with 16:24 remaining.
From the start, Phoenix mounted offensive pressure, breaking through with Vermette's goal with 11:28 left in the opening period. Mikkel Boedker controlled the puck, then got it to Yandle, who fired a pass from the right circle in front of the net, where Vermette tapped it in for his team-high fifth goal of the playoffs.